Posts tagged #Blind Engineer

April Is for Updates

I've emerged from my burrow after a busy fall and winter. Apparently, the last time I posted was August 24th. Since then I have:

1) gotten married. Best day of my life.

2) finished my manuscript for Nothing Has Been Done Before and sent it to Bloomsbury.

3) become addicted to political news again.

4) tried to buy a house, moved, and fallen down the stairs once.

Among other things. This being a professional blog, I'll keep focused on the book. Nothing Has Been Done Before took up most of my time between September and early February, as it required some wrangling, negotiation, and major revision. In October I was able to travel to NYC thanks to a development grant from CCAD. The trip was for various purposes, including some meetings related to the college's upcoming Comics and Narrative Practice major, but I was also able to meet with Boris Groys, which was wonderful. Among the many things I've learned from this experience of bringing a book to completion is the absolute necessity of shutting out the noise and getting down to work. It's tough. During the election it was impossible.

I'll have plenty more to say about the book in the coming months, but we're on track for a release in late 2017. And I'll plant this tidbit here: synthwave.

Upcoming work includes various writing projects, including the application of some of the theory and concepts from this book about music to other topics. My band Blind Engineer has an upcoming show on April 13 at the Big Room Bar and we're shooting for the release of our next album, a full-length, in late summer. Lots cookin' at CCAD including the new major, which I'll comment on at some point. I'm also back to my regular monthly schedule at PopMatters.

How are you?

Here is a photo of our lovely wedding cake.

Posted on April 3, 2017 and filed under News.

Blind Engineer EP Update

My band Blind Engineer's new EP is now available for online streaming, download, and hard-copy purchase (CD only). Two choices: Bandcamp or Mingo Town Music.

Our release show is Friday July 29 at Ace of Cups with Sin Shouters and Betsy Ross, two great local bands.

Also, we'll be playing live in-studio at WCBE 90.5 on Wednesday, July 27 in the 11AM hour. Listen online.

We'll also play at the Columbus Dispatch's "Window on the World" live in-studio series on Friday July 29 at noon. It's broadcast on the web here.

Finally--whew!--a video, too:

For more Blind Engineer, visit either of our pages or go here.

Posted on July 20, 2016 and filed under Blind Engineer, News, Music.

Blind Engineer Announces New EP The Big Restless

Back in January, Blind Engineer (my band, my bae?) went "into the studio" to record and came out three days later into the sun with a bunch of songs. Six of them are going to be released on our new EP, The Big Restless, in late July.

We're putting the finishing touches on the album now, and also a release show TBA soon. In the meantime, here's the album cover and tracklist.

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1. Gone Too Long

2. Cross the Break

3. Hard Times Ain't Goin' Nowhere

4. Same Old Town

5. The Persuader

6. New Skin for Old Bones

Don't forget our show this Thursday night, June 30, at Big Room Bar (at CD 102.5's studios). Click here for more info.

I'll have more details about the EP in the near future. We also have about 6-7 songs for our full-length album recorded from those same sessions, and with any luck we'll have that out in early 2017. Thanks to Mingo Town Music!

Posted on June 29, 2016 and filed under Blind Engineer, Music, News.

Blind Engineer This Friday

We're taking the stage again, this time Friday night, Feb. 26, at Cafe Bourbon Street opening for a great band out of Louisville, Dry Summers. Doors at 9, $5. Also w/a beamed gelling rose + undam and Faster Island. CBS is the best dive/rock bars in Columbus, and I mean that lovingly.

Check out Blind Engineer at Mingo Town Music. Like I said the other post, we recorded a bunch of songs just after the new year and we're working on getting them done. A handful of new songs, one or two we'll play Friday.

Posted on February 24, 2016 and filed under Music, The Blind Engineer.

Catching Up: Ties That Bind and More

My latest column at PopMatters is up: "Bruce Springsteen, 'The Ties That Bind,' the Working Class and Authenticity." Which pretty much explains what the column is about.

Also, I didn't post my previous column here. That one was part 2 of this series on working class music and focused on John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." Read it here.

In other news, The Blind Engineer went into the studio in early January. We came away with twelve songs recorded, five for an EP which is the top priority, the rest for a full album. With any luck they'll both be out in 2016. No titles yet.

A lot more going on behind the scenes but that's all the info for now.

 

Blind Engineer Shows and a Springsteen Review

The Blind Engineer has two shows coming up. I'm playing Friday Dec. 11 at the Mingo Town Music Acoustic Holiday Party, a five-hour extravaganza featuring pretty much all the artists on MTM: Harvest Kings, Heartbreak Orchestra, Devil Doves, Al Smyth's FBnCC, Apple Bottom Gang, Jake Follrod, and Jon Schaer. Eric and Jesse will join me, so it's a BE set without drums.

Next week we'll be heading down to Athens again to one of our favorite spots, Casa Nueva. Here's the show flyer, which is proof that I could never teach Photoshop or InDesign.

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Also, my review of the Bruce Springsteen box set The Ties That Bind is up at PopMatters. Had some leftovers from that but I'm saving them for the January column. The December column should be up sometime soon.

 

Updates: Ties That Bind, Blind Engineer and More

My new column is up at PopMatters here. "A Town Called Malice" takes a look at the state of working-class music from the US to the UK. As you might guess, it grew out of thinking about The Jam, one of my favs, after watching the recent documentary About the Young Idea. I hope this will be a series of articles about working-class music--what it is and where it's gone.

Later this week my band The Blind Engineer is playing the Mingo Town Music happy hour gig at the Shrunken Head. Friday the 13th, free cover, cheap drinks, and our bass player Eric Nassau will be pulling double-duty with a set of his own. He's great, and a great friend. Here's the Facebook event page.

Also later this week my review of Greil Marcus' two new books should be up at the Los Angeles Review of Books. I'll probably have some extra thoughts about that.

The PopMatters column has a live version of "Town Called Malice." Here's another:


The Blind Engineer Two-Day Tour

The Blind Engineer is headed out on the road for a whirlwind two-day tour of the central/southeastern corridor of the state. Exotic! The jet's in the shop so we'll have to drive. Full band with Bill Heingartner, Jesse Charles and Mr. Eric Nassau fresh off his tour.

THURSDAY AUG. 27: Casa Nueva, Athens, Ohio // Opening for The Heartlanders + DJ Barticus + DJ Wet Ditch // $3 cover // 10PM // In all seriousness, we're up for this show since it's our first outside of Columbus and Athens is always a good time. The Wells always had great shows at Casa and The Union. If you're headed out, check out the event page here.

FRIDAY AUG. 28: Big Room Bar, Columbus, Ohio // Opening for Electro Cult Circus and Cherry Chrome // ALL AGES, $5 cover ($7 under 21) // 8PM Door, 9PM Show // Affiliated with CD 102.5, the BRB just opened. Check out Cherry Chrome's great single "Velvet"! And if you're joining us, say you will here.

Here's the map we'll be using for our trek.


Posted on August 25, 2015 and filed under Music, News, The Blind Engineer.

The Blind Engineer Heads to Athens

UPCOMING SHOW ALERT: The Blind Engineer will play in Athens, OH on Thursday, August 27 at Casa Nueva with The Heartlanders. Expect a low-cost door and good beer. Athens has always been one of my favorite places to play. The Wells had a handful of excellent shows there. This will be the first time the blindengineer has played down south. Full band, with Eric Nassau coming off his August tour and meeting us at the Cantina.

Posted on August 13, 2015 and filed under The Blind Engineer, News, Music.